Privacy breaches underline weak, secretive federal data protection laws

Human Resources Canada’s loss of a hard drive with personal information of some 583,000 also raises questions about how much do we really know about the vast amount of personal information that the Canadian government or other governments hold.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. Her department has lost a portable hard drive containing the personal information of an estimated 583,000 people who received Canada Student Loans between 2000 and 2006, including names, birthdates, loan balances and social insurance numbers. Human Resources Canada now faces four multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuits. Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

By Ken Rubin

PUBLISHED : Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 8:59 PM

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